PLACE OF BIRTH: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
  • Bishop Anstey High School
  • University of Durham, Durham, England (BA in Fine Arts)
  • University of the West Indies (MA in West Indian History)
  • CAREER:                                        Bishop left Trinidad at the age of 18 to study in England after winning a Trinidad & Tobago Government Scholarship. While attending university, she studied voice, piano, and orchestration. She returned to Trinidad and taught history at her alma mater before becoming involved in all facets of local music. She arranged the music for several steelbands and conducted some of them in concert locally and overseas, including appearances in New York, USA, at Carnegie Hall, New York City Hall, the Apollo Theatre, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She became musical director of The Lydian Singers choir in 1987 and wrote two full-length folk operas: "Dalinda and the Swamp" and "Voice and Steel." Bishop is also an accomplished painter and her works have been exhibited locally (Aquarela Gallery) and in London, England (Caribbean Focus).
    • 1986 - Trinidad & Tobago Humming Bird Medal Gold (for Art, Music, and Community Service)
    • 1994 - Honorary Doctor of Letters, University of the West Indies
    • 1995 - Trinidad & Tobago Trinity Cross (for Community Service)
    DIED: August 20, 2011, from a stroke in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
    Compiled by Ronald C. Emrit